What gaps need to be plugged in those Member States which don’t yet have a national bioeconomy strategy? How can Policy Support Facility (PSF) tools facilitate the development of Bioeconomy strategies in Central and East European (CEE) states and other countries that are less active in the bioeconomy? These are just some of the questions being addressed by a series of 3 PSF workshops launched in March 2019 and ended in June 2019.
The first workshop aimed at tackling head-on the need for high-level initiatives to set out the way forward for bioeconomy strategies in countries which have huge, but relatively untapped, biomass potential. It included presentations by the Head of Unit F1 in DG RTD Waldemar Kütt and Policy Officer Marta Truco Calbet DG RTD A4. These were followed by facilitated discussions with the 50 delegates on a range of specific topics such as the BIOEAST initiative, bottlenecks and challenges of current PSF features, and/or other tools that might support the process towards developing a bioeconmy strategy.
The second and third workshops on facilitating development of bioeconomy policy – needs and gaps took place on respectively 3 May 2019 and 14 June 2019. Forty representatives from the BIOEAST initiative, SCAR BSW, the EC and BBI-JU put together a qualified overview of the situation across CEE states and other member states (MS) which are less active in the bioeconomy. The events featured sessions on overview of state of play in MS; potential ambition levels and priority themes in the bioeconomy; policy support needs towards bioeconomy strategy; and actions for mutual learning excercises; actions for mentoring teams and directory of experts.
The rapporteur for the three workshops is the BIOMONITOR project partner Myrna van Leeuwen of Wageningen University. One of the key areas the workshop series has highlighted so far is the need for a data-monitoring and model analysis framework, and this is something that BIOMONITOR is specifically working on.